Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

Glossary

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  • desmid - green algae that have conjugation of non-flagellate, amoeboid gametes
  • diatom - member of Bacillariophyceae
  • diatomaceous earth - siliceous geological deposits made up of diatom frustules
  • diffuse growth - generalized growth, not localized at apex or base
  • dioecious - (two houses) producing male and female gametes on different individuals or clones
  • diploid - having twice the basic haploid number of chromosomes
  • diplontic
  • diurnal - having daily periodic cycle, e.g. endogenous circadian rhythm

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Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009